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Wenger devastated by defeat
06 May 2009 - 08:04:38
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was devastated after seeing his side swept aside by holders Manchester United in their Champions League semi-final second leg.
The Gunners went into the game 1-0 down from the first leg, but United scored twice in the opening ten minutes at the Emirates Stadium to kill the tie off, eventually winning 3-1 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate.
Wenger admitted: "Tonight we were caught by a team who have the art to kill and take advantage of every mistake. Ronaldo gave us a tough time.
"It's the most disappointing defeat. The fans were up for a big night and to disappoint people, it hurts really.
"The most difficult thing for me is that we have the feeling that we never played in the semi-final.
"We started quite well, but the most disappointing thing was that the game was over before it started. That is hard to swallow.
"We can only look at ourselves. It's very disappointing to fight such a long way and then to give the game away like we did.
"We don't blame individuals but it's like that. We conceded two in three minutes and that's too much against a side that defends well and which likes to counter-attack.
"After ten minutes it was impossible, but we kept going and played with pride."